This shot of our neighborhood in Bruxelles says everything about the Belgian dilemma. In the distance, le Cinquantenaire, a massive memorial to 50 years of Belgian independence built out of the profits of Congolese slavery. In the foreground, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery surveys the parks and boulevards he liberated from the Nazis in 1944. Most Bruxelloises have gladly forsaken both eras in favor of their current status as an international city, especially here in the heart of the European Union Quarter.


Categories: Belgium, Europe